I first read this book when I was around the age of 10 and to be honest, I had no idea what was going on half of the time. I actually thought this book was pretty pointless. A few years later, I saw it at the local library and I thought I’d give it another try, given the fact that I was literally 10 when I first read it. I started reading through it, when it hit me how dumb I was as a child. I saw Charlie’s writing through a whole different perspective and it amazed me how much I related to his thoughts. I felt as if Charlie and I were somehow reaching out to each other. Charlie and I shared a fascinating connection of poetry and reading. As I flipped through the pages in this book, I felt myself get more and more attached to Charlie. It blew my mind knowing that I could connect with a character in such a way.
A lot of people recognize the title because of the movie and how Emma Watson starred in it; but the book will always hold a special meaning to me, because it shows more of Charlie’s thoughts. It shows the raw feeling of all the emotions he feels that can’t be expressed through anything other than words.
It showed me that regardless of all the confusion a teenager may face in our short years as a teenager, we’ll always end up in the right place. I think there are a lot of important lessons in this book and everybody should take some time out of their day to read this book.
I would honestly rate this book a 10/10. It showed me a different perspective of how one could be raised in their teenage years. There are a lot of experiences Charlie went through that I doubt I’ll ever go be able experience in my teenage years (due to strict limitations); I’m glad I got to read about all of them, especially since some others can probably relate to him. You should definitely read this book; you’ll learn all about the art of confusion as a teenager (totally not being sarcastic here)! But all in all, it’s a beautifully written book that deserves to be shared with everyone, regardless of age. (Unless you’re 10 year-old me, not appreciating the beauty of reading!!!)
Thanks for reading my review!:))